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Father's Day wine recommendations

Friday - 6/15/2012, 6:54pm  ET

Scott Greenberg, wtop.com

"Live from San Francisco, It's Wine of the Week!"

I am in San Francisco for the fourth year to judge the three-day long San Francisco International Wine Competition.

This year, there are over 4,500 entries, but fortunately, I am only responsible for about 450 of them. It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

So in between sips and spits, I thought I'd call in and provide a few recommendations for Father's Day.

If all dad wants to do this Father's Day is hang out in a hammock, then bring him an ice bucket with a bottle of 2011 Chateau de Segries Tavel Rosť from the Rhone Valley, France in it. Made from a blend of grenache, cinsault, mourvedre and a touch of syrah, this dry rosť features strawberry, cherry and watermelon on the nose and on the palate. A hint of orange peel on the pretty finish gives it a little lift on the end and keeps you coming back for another sip. $16

If dad needs to chill out, try the 2010 Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc from the Dry Creek region of Sonoma, California. This wine is a perennial favorite around our house. We love the scents of green melon, citrus and passion fruit. The crisp, clean flavors of grapefruit, melon and nectarines stay bright on the palate and the lemony hints on the back end make this a perfect pairing with fresh shellfish. $17

I am in the land of fresh seafood, so grilled salmon is on the menu for my Father's Day dinner. I plan on pairing it with the 2009 Forrest Pinot Noir from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. This Down Under beauty is bursting with flavors of plum and red cherry up front and loads of wild strawberry and red raspberry on the beautifully balanced finish. The wine has remarkable structure, so it will cut through the richness of the salmon but still feel delicate in the mouth and on the charming finish. $25

A big, fat juicy steak is always a sure-fire way to reward dad on his special day, especially if you pair it with the 2009 Paraduxx Napa Valley Red Wine, Napa Valley, California. The blend of zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc make this wine sing. The palate, driven by red plums, cherries and boysenberry, is medium-bodied and balanced by the sweet tannins. Notes of spice, roasted coffee and dark chocolate carry the lush finish. $50

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